UN adopts resolution reaffirming Western Sahara people's right to self-determination

New York (United Nations), October 10, 2016 (SPS) - UN General Assembly Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) adopted Monday in New York a resolution reaffirming Saharawi people's right to self-determination.

The resolution, adopted at the end of a several-day general debate on decolonization, reiterated UN general Assembly's support of the negotiation process initiated by the Security Council to reach a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution ensuring Western Sahara people's right to self-determination.

Presented by 25 countries, including Algeria, the resolution, greeted the efforts made by the UN secretary general and his personal envoy to Western Sahara, Christopher Ross, for the relaunch of the talks suspended in 2012.

The resolution adopted, by consensus, invites the parties to the conflict (Polisario Front and Morocco) and the States of the region to fully cooperate with the United Nations envoy.

The resolution has taken up UN clear and major ideas on the settlement of Western Sahara conflict, which consist in backing the relaunch of negotiations between the Polisario Front and Morocco, as well as the mediation efforts undertaken by Christopher Ross.

The delegations of the countries taking part in the Fourth Committee debate on decolonization expressed a large support to Saharawi people's right to self-determination, calling for resumption of negotiations between the parties to the conflict. (SPS)